Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that his dream job would be to be the starting point guard for the Houston Rockets.
“I’d love to be the starting point guard for the Houston Rockets, and I’m confident that there is no universe in which that will ever come to pass,” Cruz told the Des Moines Register before his anticipated appearance in Iowa on Friday night.
Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverly are competing for the honor of Cruz’s dream job during exhibition season as a revamped Rockets squad will be considered one of the league’s top contenders with the acquisition of Dwight Howard from the Lakers during the offseason to play alongside James Harden and Chandler Parsons.
Cruz, who said he would not be in the Senate had it not been for Sarah Palin’s endorsement during the Texas Republican primary last year, has emerged as a conservative leader and someone the former Alaska governor said was leading the party of “good guys” in Washington.
In a party full of establishment politicians that often fail to get the importance of culture, Cruz’s fluency with sports (he referred to Alabama’s defeat of Texas A&M this year and his fondness for former Houston Oilers running back Earl Campbell during his 21-hour quasi filibuster against the Obamacare law) brings back memories of when Palin heartily praised then-New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin during “Linsanity.”
Few Republicans, even while they mouth platitudes about demographics and culture, bothered to say anything about Lin while much of the country and the world was following his remarkable run as a starter in New York as Lin consumed nearly every news cycle for two weeks. President Barack Obama, who has used popular culture to his advantage, did.